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What is the Most Important Human Behavior?

August 7th, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

Of all of the newsletters I’ve written over the past several years, the one that received the most positive responses was titled, The Most Important Word.

For those of you who have not read this piece, I argued that the most important word in the English language is not “love.” It is not “compassion,” “generosity” or “peace.” It is not “compromise.” If you look through the prism of survival, both as individuals and as a society, the most important word in the English language is the word “no.” If you have difficulty saying “no” to other people, by definition, you lack the healthy boundaries necessary to thrive in a competitive and dangerous world.… Read the rest